Trump’s Past is Prologue

As I have watched and listened to politicians and pundits during this post-Charlottesville week I am baffled by the rhetoric.  Why would the conversation be about what Trump can do to reframe his position, to project a presidential demeanor or magically become transformed, as if on the road to Damascus, into a rational, competent, leader of the free world?

Trump has shown his true colors.  He has revealed his heart.  His spontaneous, angry outburst in the lobby of Trump Tower illuminated his support of the instigators of that shameful, violent and deadly encounter in Charlottesville.  His equivocation of the violent, Nazi, white-supremacists with the (mostly) peaceful and diverse coalition of demonstrators there to stand against hate showed us the real Donald Trump.

He has laid bare the fact that he is his Klansman father’s son.  Trump, is 71.  Why would any of us expect this old dog to learn new tricks?

His history is fraught with a pattern of self-dealing, unscrupulous business practices.  His abuse of the “little guy” is revealed and evidenced by his consistent refusal to pay small businesses and contractors for work on his multi-million dollar, exclusive, luxury properties.

He unapologetically directed his rental property managers to discriminate against blacks.  He is a “Birther.”  He fomented and encouraged violence in rallies throughout his 2016 campaign.

He vowed to drain the D.C. swamp.  Indeed he did.  Then he promptly refilled it with the very elites–Harvard-educated, billionaires and Wall Streets operatives–for whom he proclaimed disdain during those hate-filled rallies.  He chummed the waters with the red meat, hateful, dog-whistle speeches of “Making America Great Again” (read “White again”) igniting blind frenzies of hate among his all-white crowds.

He played to the ignorance of those who became his misguided base. Despite proof and common sense, they embraced his empty promises.  He claimed that his policies would bring back manufacturing, coal mining and other jobs for the uneducated.  It was a lie.

Trump was masterful in his ability to feed into the anger over the wrong-headed beliefs that jobs had been sent to low-paying, overseas countries by greedy corporations for cheap labor.  While that is true to some extent, U.S. tax policy supported the exodus. T Trumps–Donald and Ivanka–benefited. They believed the lies instead of the truth that U.S. technology was obsolete. The failure and blame lie squarely at the feet of unresponsive, corrupt, labor unions and U.S. policymakers who failed to educate and retrain America’s workforce; equipping it for the jobs of the future.

Trumpians believed that immigrants stole jobs rightfully theirs without acknowledging the fact the many of these jobs were those that they are unwilling to do.  They failed to recognize that immigrants are driving and saving the economies of countless communities across the country. They work hard.  They create their own wealth.

While I appreciate Sen. Corker’s plain-spoken questioning not only the President’s empty words after Charlotteville but also his fitness to govern.  Trump has displayed questionable mental stability.  It is too little, too late.

Corker and the rest of the Republican party knew who Donald Trump was throughout the campaign.  They supported him. Just as they supported Mitch McConnell’s pledge to ensure that President Obama would never get any legislation through the Senate–an overt act of racism that played to the white supremacist base.

They knew.  They were silent. The Republican party and their ultra-conservative campaign finance machine are complicit in releasing the scourge of Donald Trump upon this nation and the world.

Talk is cheap.  Disavowal and condemnation are just words.  Republican candidates have become addicts.  They succumbed to the unlimited allure of the unrestricted flow of the drug of money supplied by the radical, conservative machine.  They embraced the 40- years-long, strategic and intentional building and institutional base for the manifestation of their vision.  This money financed endowed chairs at major universities, created think tanks, model legislation and legal symposia that radicalized an entire generation of well-educated future leaders that populate today’s businesses, legislatures, governorships, and courts.

Betsey DeVos and her brother, Eric, are the privatization team. Eric is the founder of the black ops, mercenary  Blackwater, Inc. who milked billions of dollars from the U.S Treasury by waging private warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is now negotiating $10 billion in contracts to take over the continued execution of that war with the Trump administration.  Betsy is on a mission to privatize public education.

The goal is to get government out of our lives by using our tax dollars.  We will not pay committed career policymakers, diplomats, scientists, other government employees and members of the military.  No, our tax dollars will go to enrich private profiteers much in the same way as when states privatized jails and prisons throughout the 1980’s, the ’90s and early 2000s.

The GOP, the Republicans in Congress who pledged allegiance to Trump are guilty of collusion to conduct legislative and judicial warfare.  They waged overt and stealth operations to dismantle decades of policies and regulations designed, at least marginally, to level the playing field for the poor, working poor and vanishing middle-class for which protect our environment.  All for which the U.S. once stood

They supported the lies.  They cannot be absolved of complicity in creating the devasting dilemma our nation faces.  We cannot allow them to chide and cajole us into reelecting them so they maintain the current imbalance of power.  They must pay the price for their moral and intellectual failings and the willful demise of the moral authority of the United States.

The campaign for the soul of American starts now.  The outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections will seal the fate of the nation.


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